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Self Medicating with Alcohol

Self Medicating With Alcohol – Avoiding the Dangers

Self medication theory is the idea that people use substances or gratifying behaviours to treat underlying problems without the advice of and without following a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional. As Dr. Elizabeth Hartney describes in an article for Very Well Mind, self-medication theory can apply to substance abuse disorders as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling, compulsive shopping, and eating disorders. Self medication is one of the most common paths to addiction. Why Do People Self-Medicate? There are a number of reasons people self-medicate. Sometimes the user isn’t consciously aware that they are self-medicating. They turn to a substance…


Why People Do Coke and Why You Should Not

Curiosity, peer pressure, depression, and being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are common reasons why people try cocaine for the first time. The reasons why they keep going back to it? Well, that varies, and we’ll explore that more in this article. Statistics about Cocaine Use in the UK Cocaine use in the UK has been on the rise in recent years, according to, which annually surveys a sample of adults ages 16 to 59 in order to: Estimate frequency and amount of drug used by adults Learn about characteristics including lifestyle and household factors that…


Wintertime Holiday Mocktail Recipes

The winter holidays are rich in tradition, merriment, and cherishing our relationships. For those amidst their recovery it can also present new challenges to staying sober. Christmas parties, New Years, and family get-togethers can be fraught with triggers and temptations. For some people, replacing their former holiday cocktails with non-alcoholic holiday drinks helps in getting into the spirit of the season without inviting a relapse. We’re providing these recipes as alternatives to mixed drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages during the holidays to enjoy. However, with that said, be aware of the potential for “mocktails” to trigger your cravings…

Tips On Your Recovery During The Winter Holidays

Sober Holidays: Tips On Your Recovery During The Winter Holidays

Christmas in Recovery If you’re in recovery, the holiday season can be especially difficult and, let’s be honest, not so jolly. It doesn’t matter how far into recovery you are, whether it’s days or decades, the holidays come with their own set of challenges.  Holidays are great if you’re in the business of selling beer, wine and spirits, but they’re not so great if you’re an alcoholic. In one survey, found that around 47 percent of men and 40 percent of women stated they binge drink during the holidays, according to We like to look at these challenges as…